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    is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    Hi,
    are the sentences ok? Please say if they are correct before adding suggestions Thanks rip


    1) is Fleet Street far?
    Could I also say: far away? which one would you prefer?

    2)No, it isn't. It is NEAR /NEAR HERE/ NEARBY.
    Are all these alternatives ok?

    3) Go straight on along Oxford Street

    Could I say : Go ahead along Oxford street?


    4) Turn right at the second traffic lights, then take the first turning on the left. That is Fleet Street

    5) is there a post office in Fleet Street?

    6) It's NEAR THERE/NEARBY/ IN THE NEARBY

    Are the alternatives ok?


    7) Go along the road for about 50 metres, along the pavement


    Remember I am on my moped. Is number 7 ok? and If I was on foot?


    Thank rip

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    1) is Fleet Street far?
    Could I also say: far away? which one would you prefer?
    It is correct. I would tend to add "away" - but yours is correct.

    2)No, it isn't. It is NEAR /NEAR HERE/ NEARBY.
    Are all these alternatives ok?
    "Near" cries out for a something to be added. It is near the Palace. "Near here" is fine. "Nearby" works fine, as well, especially if you are not there when you are saying it. (Example, I want to visit the Castle. Is Fleet Street far from there? No, it's nearby.)

    3) Go straight on along Oxford Street

    Could I say : Go ahead along Oxford street?
    Both are all right; I think the first is more natural.


    4) Turn right at the second traffic lights, then take the first turning on the left. That is Fleet Street
    Perfect. Although we would probably say "first turn" rather than "turning."

    5) is there a post office in Fleet Street?
    Only if Fleet Street is a district; I think it's not, but is rather just a street in the normal sense. In that case, you would say "on" Fleet Street. If it were a district, like Mayfair, you would say, "in Mayfair."

    6) It's NEAR THERE/NEARBY/ IN THE NEARBY
    The first and second are all right; not the third.

    Are the alternatives ok?


    7) Go along the road for about 50 metres, along the pavement
    Fine. Especially if there are options or forks in the road where one fork is unpaved. I might say "Follow the road for ..." instead of "Go along..."

    Remember I am on my moped. Is number 7 ok? and If I was on foot?
    No difference.

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    are the sentences ok? Please say if they are correct before adding suggestions Thanks rip


    1) is Fleet Street far?
    Could I also say: far away? which one would you prefer?
    Yes. Either of the above is acceptable.
    I'd say "Is Fleet Street (very) far from here?"


    2)No, it isn't. It is NEAR /NEAR HERE/ NEARBY.
    Are all these alternatives ok?
    "It is near here" is the only common form among these three.

    "It's close to here", "It's not very far away (at all)", "It's not very far from here".
    3) Go straight on along Oxford Street
    OK, if you're on Oxford Street, or near it.
    Could I say : Go ahead along Oxford street?
    Not really. "Follow Oxford Street until you reach the second traffic lights"
    "Go down Oxford Street this way [pointing] until you reach the second traffic lights.

    4) Turn right at the second traffic lights, then take the first turning on the left. That is Fleet Street
    "the first turn". Yes, that sounds OK

    5) Is there a post office in Fleet Street?
    OK.

    6) It's NEAR THERE near where?/NEARBY to what?/ IN THE NEARBY NO
    Are you referring to the location of the Post Office?
    "Yes, it's not far along Fleet Street from the corner"

    Are the alternatives ok?
    No, "nearby" needs a reference position. You're still near Oxford Street.
    Do you mean "Is there a Post Office nearby once you get to Fleet Street?"

    7) Go along the road (street) for about 50 metres, along the pavement
    "When you turn into Fleet Street, it's about 50 metres from the corner".
    I'm not sure whether you're allowed to ride a moped on the footpath in Oxford or Fleet Streets. Besides, it would be strange for someone to advise you to ride on the pavement, as if you didn't know how to ride your bike.


    Remember I am on my moped. Is number 7 ok? and If I was on foot?
    7 sounds fine to me. What do you mean by it? Perhaps you mean
    "The Post Office is at number 7 Fleet Street". If your were on foot, it would still be at the same address. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what you mean by No. 7.

    Thank rip
    Ask any questions to clarify if you need to.

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    7 was just the number of the sentence....

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    Hi Raymott,
    I have some questions to ask...,
    I always compare the answers I get and I don't understand why native speakers do not always agree... for example
    sentence 5: you say it's ok but jlinger says that I must say ON Fleet Street...
    sentence 6: jlinger says ok alternatives 1 and 2. You say they are not ok
    sentence 7: jlinger says it's ok wether I am walking or driving; You say:You can't drive on the pavement...
    What should I do? I am a little confused...
    Thanks Rip

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi Raymott,
    I have some questions to ask...,
    I always compare the answers I get and I don't understand why native speakers do not always agree... for example
    sentence 5: you say it's ok but jlinger says that I must say ON Fleet Street...
    sentence 6: jlinger says ok alternatives 1 and 2. You say they are not ok
    sentence 7: jlinger says it's ok wether I am walking or driving; You say:You can't drive on the pavement...
    What should I do? I am a little confused...
    Thanks Rip

    jlinger is using North American, Raymott is using Australian.

    In the UK, you would more likely say "in Fleet Street"; "Is Fleet Street near?" would be an acceptable question; in the UK the pavement is solely the place for pedestrians [technically].

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    The "pavement" difference BrEng and AmEng is news to me! We call the road surface pavement; that which runs along the road, for pedestrians, is a sidewalk. Hence, my misunderstanding about your driving on the pavement.

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    Re: is Fleet Street far? (dialogue part 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    7 was just the number of the sentence....
    Oh, yeah
    I hope Anglika has cleared up your other questions.

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